Nelson Tasman Housing Trust

Our Vision

Everyone in our community has a home.

Our Mission

To increase the supply of quality, affordable, healthy homes and housing services for people/whānau in need, while upholding the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Our Background

Since 2000, Nelson Tasman has been one of the least affordable housing regions in New Zealand.  Increases in rents and home prices here have far surpassed increases in wages and benefits for a long time.


The Trust was established in 2004 as a community response to the housing crisis in Nelson and Tasman. We work alongside the New Zealand Government, local Councils, and many other community agencies to improve access to good quality, affordable housing for people on low incomes.


NTHT currently owns and manages 44 rental properties in Nelson and Tasman. In addition, NTHT provides housing advice, monitors housing need and administers the Warmer Healthier Homes insulation scheme.  NTHT has plans to grow, and is building six more 2-bed homes in 2021.


During 2017-2020, NTHT managed the Nelson City Council community housing portfolio (142 pensioner housing units).  However, NTHT can no longer accept applications for the Council units because NCC has sold this housing to Kāinga Ora, effective as of March 2021. To apply for one of these units, people must now contact MSD on 0800 559 009 and request a ‘housing assessment’. MSD will then ring back and conduct a telephone interview to understand all aspects of applicants' housing needs. Once MSD approves someone for the Housing Register they are then on the waitlist for Kāinga Ora (formerly Housing NZ). 


Our Partners

We appreciate our productive relationships with:

Contact Info

Open Hours:

Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm



03 546 9568

0800 266 325



Trafalgar House, 329 Trafalgar Square East, Nelson (corner of Selwyn Place and Trafalgar Square East) we're between Atelier Gallery and SASH


Postal address:

PO Box 140

Nelson 7040